The papers in Volume 13 offer amazing insights into the lives of gifted adults. In the leading article, Stephanie Tolan tells us how to use the power of our mind and our imagination to create lasting change. Next, Ellen Fiedler examines the complex issues facing gifted adults across the lifespan and provides real stories and anecdotes to aid our understanding of each stage. Laurie Nixon’s fascinating application of Kazimierz Dabrowski’s Theory of Positive Disintegration to the lives of mystics provides a deeper understanding of this theory so often used by those studying the gifted.
Research in Volume 13 comes from Brazil, the Midwestern United States, and The Netherlands. Edward Hoffman, Ana Cristina Resende and Man Yee Ho examine peak experiences among Brazilian youth and provide implications for fostering psychological growth. Angie Miller and Kristie Speirs Neumeister’s study predicts the ‘person’ aspect of creativity in a high ability population in a Midwestern U.S. university. Researchers from The Netherlands, Pieternel Dijkstra, Dick Barelds, Sieuwke Ronner, and Arnolda Nauta, compare the personality characteristics of a gifted group to a sample from the general community and look at how these characteristics relate to well-being.
Verse is provided by prominent poets Lyzette Wanzer (“The Gamine” and “The Gamin”) and Amy Wright Vollmar (“Recess”). New in this volume are reviews of two recent books that we believe will appeal to our readers: (1) Enjoying the Gift of Being Uncommon: Extra Intelligent, Intense, and Effective, by Willem Kuipers, reviewed by Janneke Frank and (2) Unconquerable Soul: One Man’s Thorny Path to Freedom, by Bret Dofek, reviewed by Amy Turino.